Avisail García hits pair of homers; Diaz strengthens leadership of rescues

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The Venezuelan Garcia Avisail played with explosive bat and hit a pair of homers to become one of the Latin American sluggers featured in the day of baseball in the major leagues.

If Garcia stood out with the bat, Puerto Rican closer Edwin Díaz shined on the mound and further consolidated his position as leader of saves in the majors.

Garcia hit a pair of home runs for the Chicago White Sox, who beat the Tampa Bay Rays 7-8 at home, in a duel of American League teams that have already been eliminated from the competition of the finals.

The Venezuelan player reached the 13 homers so far this season and showed offensive power by bouncing a couple of times the ball went to the park against the Rays, which his team left on the road.

Garcia sent the ball to the other side of the wall in the fifth episode, with no runners ahead after overcoming the pitches of relay Ryan Yarbrough.

He repeated the same medicine in the seventh entry, again when answering Yarbrough’s shipments, without there being any colleagues in circulation and two “outs” in the account.

The veteran Dominican designated hitter Nelson Cruz also sent the ball to the street and Diaz got rescue in the victory of the Seattle Mariners, who beat the Toronto Blue Jays 6-3.

Cruz (29) contributed a homer in the bottom of the seventh inning, with a runner on the road to overcome the relay Joe Biagini.

Díaz (41) signed up for a one-inning job save, retiring two batters via the punch and without making any concessions.

With his rescue Diaz keeps leading the Major Leagues in the section of rescues, having as his closest rival the closer of the Boston Red Sox, Craig Kimbrel, who adds 33 rescues.

If Díaz maintains the same consistency until the end of the regular season he will be assured of the title of best closer of the majors.

For the Blue Jays, Cuban shortstop Aledmys Diaz (14) hit a home run in the seventh, alone, against starter Mike Leake, the third consecutive game that he gets.

Third baseman Jose Ramirez hit a good homer for three runs and the Cleveland Indians won 4-3 to the Los Angeles Angels, who are already eliminated from the competition of the finals.

Ramirez (33) sent the ball to the street in the first to overcome the pitching of starter Deck McGuire, with two runners on the pads and no outs in the inning.

Venezuelan shortstop Asdrúbal Cabrera hit a good homer for two touchdowns and the Philadelphia Phillies beat the Miami Marlins 5-3 in what was their fifth straight win.

Cabrera (20) hit in the eighth with a runner over closer Drew Steckenrider, when he checked out at the entrance.

Colombian starter Julio Tehran started the rain and the Atlanta Braves beat the New York Mets 4-5 at home.

Tehran (1) hit its first homer in the season, in the fifth, bambinazo solo, against the pitches of the opener Corey Oswalt.

The Venezuelan Ranger Ender Inciarte (7) disappeared the ball in the seventh, also on Oswalt, with a runner on base, and put the bat timely and productive.

His compatriot, shortstop Freddy Galvis, led rain showers for the San Diego Padres, who outscored the Chicago Cubs 6-10.

Galvis (6) sent the ball to the street in the second against the left-handed starter Jon Lester, with no runners in circulation, and no outs at the entrance.

The Ranger Dominican Franmil Reyes (7) connected back in the fourth, solo, without outs, also against Lester, who has not had his best performance in the last outings.

For the Cachorros, the second Puerto Rican baseman Javier Báez (24) sent the ball to the street in the third, without teammates ahead, without the end could prevent the defeat of his team.

Dominican second baseman Jonathan Villar hit home runs and the Baltimore Orioles beat the Texas Rangers 6-9 at home in the American League losing team duel and knocked out of the finals.

Villar (1), who was traded by the Milwaukee Brewers earlier this week, threw the ball out of the park in the fifth against relay Matt Moore, with no runners in front, no outs in the episode.

The reliever Gabriel Moya was credited with the victory of the Minnesota Twins, who won 6-5 to the Kansas City Royals.
Moya (2-0) threw an inning and two-thirds, removing two batters via the punch.

The Dominican closer Fernando Rodney (24) scored the rescue by launching an episode, allowed two hits, home run and career.

Sonia Salazar

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